Located in Golden, Colorado, LEI provides state-of-the-art and high quality - hands-on, online, and hybrid education - for those who aspire to become a massage therapist and for anyone who wishes to improve their teaching skills as a vocational instructor.
Courses are designed and taught by standards within the massage therapy profession for excellence utilizing western research-based principles and the eastern wisdom of compassion, intelligence, and awareness.
Our coursework guides our students in learning cooperative, respectful, harmonious, prosperous, and effective personal relationships, facilitating a happier and healthier world.
MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS
Owner & Founder
Christine Liebe, PhD
Christine has been a massage therapist for 30 years. She has successfully opened three private practices, co-founded a massage school in 1999, worked overseas in Switzerland at a 5 star spa, and worked at the Remede Spa in Aspen, Colorado, which has been ranked the number 1 spa in America.
Christine combines her world-class professional experience and scholarly studies to create the high quality instruction necessary for success in today’s school and spa industries.
A lifelong learner, Christine has a Ph.D. in Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. She teachers and works as a research faculty member for the computer science department at Colorado School of Mines. Christine has a Masters in Education specializing in Literacy. Her passions in life include mothering her two children, hiking with her golden retriever, and helping people to communicate meaningfully and deeply.
Maria Taame, Manual Therapist, BPS, MPH, AK, CST, DO (Europe), PhD candidate
Maria started her manual practice in 2003 when she was a student at Pharmacy school at the State University. She suffered a sports injury and received rehabilitation at the University hospital. She was amazed by the healing process and later finished massage school courses to work at the Center of physical therapy and rehabilitation.
In Addition, Maria worked as a Teaching assistant for medical students in Russia from the end of 2009 until July 2020 at Saint-Petersburg State University medical faculty, Pavlov First State Medical University of Saint-Petersburg, and later at the University of Eastern Finland (Finland) as part of her PhD program. She is qualified to assist at Upledger and Barral institute, as well as at Cranial Osteopathic Seminars. Maria is a Certified Teaching assistant at IAHE.
Travis Hill has been practicing massage since 2016. Growing up in Hastings, Nebraska, Travis suffered an injury to his right foot that didn’t heal properly and left him with chronic pain. By the age of thirteen he found massage and its benefits for pain relief. Going to his local library and finding any information he could on massage, he started working on himself. As he grew older, with very limited options for massage in his hometown he settled as a baker for years, which brought him to Colorado where he worked at Copper Mountain Ski Resort making pastries and breads for the resort. While there his palpation sensitivity grew looking for imperfections in the doughs. In 2015 after years of working there he moved to Pheonix, Arizona to be near his mother where he found the Cortiva Institute and saw an opportunity to explore into his passion of massage. After graduating from Cortiva in 2016 Travis realized that he had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge for the human body. While practicing at a Massage Envy he continued his search and enrolled at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts where he received his mind, body, wellness practitioner certificate as well as certifications in cranial unwinding as well as polarity therapy. At this time Travis started his own private practice and joined a group called Keystone Body Therapies where he worked with post op surgery and serious injuries. Eventually Travis suffered from lateral epicondylitis and left Keystone, allowing himself to heal.
In 2020 Travis and his partner found an opportunity to move back to Colorado where they now live in Bailey. Travis has a local practice but also has been drawn towards teaching. From all the schooling, working with his peers and creating study groups focusing in on developing techniques and theory, he found a passion in teaching and learning. Travis is happy to join the Lotus Education Institute, drawing on his own education and professional experience to prepare future therapists to feel confident and capable to begin their journey before them.
Beth Jones is an LEI graduate and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies, and a Master of Education degree. Beth is an athletic trainer who has been working in the field of sports medicine with athletes of all ages for 20 years. She is also a Restorative Exercise Specialist, Certified Integrative & Women’s Health Coach, and a RYT 200 Yoga Teacher. Beth practices a holistic approach to wellness that combines massage techniques, movement and corrective exercises, stretching, and nutrition therapy.